Sunday, October 23, 2011

Iniquitous quote sunday

Today's quote comes out of "A Doll's House", by Henrik Ibsen which I just read for my feminist lit class. In my lovingly sexist culture, a lot of the time I feel like I'm being told that my value lies in my potential to be a wife and mother. This bothers me for many reasons, but most acutely because I know I have so many other worthwhile attributes to cultivate. As my English teacher says, "I am not a life support system for my uterus." I feel like I'm being told to ignore everything else, forget trying to figure out who I am and just focus on getting ready for a husband and children. So I love this quote (it comes right as Nora leaves her husband):

"I must be thrown entirely upon myself if I am to come to any understanding as to what I am and what the things around me are: so I can not stay with you any longer."


  1. One of the alternative endings for conservative audiences was to raise the curtain a few feet and watch Nora walk back into her family's bosom after the last act.